watchOS 6.1.3 Fixes Icelandic Heart Rhythm Notifications
Apple may have had to lower its earnings guidance based on happenings in one of the world’s largest countries, but it’s still paying attention to users in smaller countries. The company has released watchOS 6.1.3 with “improvements and bug fixes,” calling out only a fix for a bug that prevented irregular heart rhythm notifications from working reliably for Apple Watch users in Iceland.
You can install the update, which weighs in at 48.1 MB on an Apple Watch Series 4, from the iPhone’s Watch app: go to Watch > General > Software Update. There’s no need to hurry unless you live in Iceland.
Does this only apply to iWatch 4, or also to iWatch 3 and/or 5?
The update is available to all Apple watches that run watchOS 6 (S1, S2, S3, S4, and S5).
So why was the bug specific to Iceland? Geography? Ethnicity? Language? Volcanic activity?
Your guess is as good as mine and I see no hope of ever finding out, but curious as to why it matters to you?
Because it is rare that a bug will only affect such a small demographic, so there must have been something unique to Iceland. I think it is probably related to the Icelandic language (if Apple uses it in its operating systems).
It is an interesting question, although I doubt we will ever find out the answer. Language, times zones, and country codes are my best guess, but I like the idea of it being related to volcanic activity. That would certainly get my heart racing.
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